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Civic Holiday Waste Collectionhttp://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Civic-Holiday-Waste-Collection.aspx7/17/2017 2:08:22 PMCivic Holiday Waste Collection<p>​There will be NO CHANGE to your garbage, organics, and recycling collection day. Have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular day to ensure collection.</p><p><strong>Waste Management Facilities Hours</strong><br>All County waste management facilities will be CLOSED Monday, August 7 except Site 8 (Matchedash).</p><p>Does not apply to residents of Barrie and Orillia.</p>
Federal Gas Tax supports local road and capital projectshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/gas-tax-fund-2017-07-10.aspx7/10/2017 7:19:03 PMFederal Gas Tax supports local road and capital projects<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 10, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is pleased to announce that it will receive $8.4 million from the Government of Canada through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to support vital community projects in 2017.</p><p>Approximately $5.5 million of the GTF contributions will be applied to enhance nine road rehabilitation projects throughout the County, while $2.9 million will support two significant roads and transportation capital projects including the Wye River North Bridge Rehabilitation project and the reconstruction of County Road 17 from Severn Falls north to the Big Chute.  </p><p>Since 2005, the County has received $76.6 million through the federal GTF to support the completion of numerous road and capital projects. </p><p>"Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in Ontario, and across Canada, to make strategic investments that support their specific needs," said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "The funding provided to the County of Simcoe will go towards projects like the rehabilitation of local roads and a bridge, making a difference in residents' day to day lives and supporting a better quality of life throughout the county now and in the future." </p><p>"We thank the Government of Canada for continuing to invest in our municipalities and support vital projects that benefit our residents," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Flow through funds play such an important role in the level of services we can provide to our communities and supports our capacity to grow, develop and maintain our existing infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations."</p><p><strong>About the Federal Gas Tax Fund<br></strong>As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity. Each year, the federal GTF assists municipalities by providing funding for local infrastructure projects. From coast to coast to coast, the federal GTF is making a difference in all communities across Canada. Every year, municipalities benefit from the financial support and flexibility of the federal GTF. To date, $19 billion has been invested in municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund and more than $2 billion will continue to flow each year. </p><p>In Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) delivers the Fund to 443 municipal governments on a per capita basis. In 2016 AMO administered $628 million from the Fund to invest in local infrastructure. In total, Ontario's municipalities will receive $3.8 billion between 2014 and 2018.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Georgian Village Adult Day Program receives boost from Provincehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Adult-Day-2017-07-07.aspx7/7/2017 7:06:10 PMGeorgian Village Adult Day Program receives boost from Province<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ July 7, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is pleased to announce that its Georgian Village Adult Day Program has received a Seniors Community Grant of $2,952.80 from the Government of Ontario to support seniors within the community to stay connected through social inclusion and community engagement. </p><p>The Adult Day Program features community events that engage seniors within the Program and the local rural community with fellowship, families and social interaction through social events including barbeques, entertainment and activities. The Adult Day Program also provides adult daytime respite care to families in need. </p><p>"Support through the Seniors Community Grant program has helped thousands of seniors by helping them to stay active and involved in their communities, find volunteer opportunities and engage in continuous learning," said Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs. </p><p>"We thank the Government of Ontario for supporting our Adult Day Program and helping us connect seniors in our communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We take great pride in our continued leadership in providing innovative programs and services for our older residents as we strive to enhance the age-friendliness of Simcoe County." </p><p>Event Dates:</p><ul><li>Monday, July 10</li><li>Tuesday, July 25</li><li>Wednesday August 9</li><li>Thursday, August 31</li></ul><p>Time: Events run from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and include lunch, refreshments and entertainment</p><p>Location: Georgian Village, 101 Thompsons Road, Penetanguishene</p><p>For more information on these events contact Georgian Village Adult Day Program at 705-549-6277 </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
County publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/housing-strategy-2017-06-28.aspx6/28/2017 6:32:40 PMCounty publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ June 28, 2017 –</strong> The County of Simcoe published its third annual report card, entitled <em>Housing Our Future: 2016 Annual Report</em>, to measure and evaluate achievements during the third year of implementing recommendations contained in <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. </p><p>"Since 2014, we've created 544 new affordable housing units in Simcoe County," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "While we still have work to do to achieve our target of 2,685 units by 2024, including finding creative funding and build opportunities, together with our partners at the province, our municipalities, the private and not-for-profit sectors, we're making an impact through a shared commitment to putting a roof over the heads of all our residents." </p><p>The report card was submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Housing and uses a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework to evaluate population level and performance level outcomes required to achieve community well-being and policy/program effectiveness towards achievement of the Strategy's five key themes and 31 priority actions. </p><p>Key achievements from year three are outlined below. The full report card is available at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=8748af2f-ecb5-4b6e-9b3d-829924e62e65">www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps</a>. </p><p><strong>Strategic Theme 1: Strong Governance and Leadership </strong></p><ul><li>Successfully launched new County-funded Secondary Suites and Rent Subsidy programs</li><li>Issued a 2016 Call for Proposals to solicit municipal interest in affordable housing development in partnership with Simcoe County Housing Corporation, resulting in 11 offered sites for affordable housing development, in six different municipalities</li><li>Completed an affordable housing project in Barrie (Brooks Street) that featured an expansion of 54 one-bedroom units designed for seniors, which included accessibility features and energy efficient heating and lighting</li><li>Approved increase in annual budget from $100K to $200K annually for the provision of development charge rebates, beginning 2017</li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 2: Achieve Affordable Housing Targets</strong></p><ul><li>544 new units created since the Strategy was approved</li><li>75 affordable rental units were completed in 2016</li><li>15 new secondary suites completed with County/Provincial funding during 2016</li><li>124 secondary suites were created without government funding in 2016</li><li>103 additional rent supplement units were created in 2016</li><li>20 households assisted with down-payments through the Homeownership program during 2016</li><li>More than 300 units of affordable rental development are in various stages of the construction process in six different communities across the County </li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 3: Protect Existing Public Assets</strong></p><ul><li>$7.9 million invested in maintaining social housing assets in County owned and non-profit housing in 2016</li><li>In 2016, $1.6 million was issued through provider loans to assist mandated social housing providers with urgent capital repairs. Additionally, Federal-Provincial funding was utilized to support capital repairs for four providers</li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 4: Plan for the Public Good</strong></p><ul><li>County continues to provide development charges and property tax incentives for affordable housing development</li><li>A Municipal Housing Tools and Incentives Best Practices Information Sheet was developed to provide information to support municipal levels of government within the County to partner with the private and non-for-profit sectors in the creation of new affordable rental housing </li><li>Developed new tracking mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on the development of privately created Secondary Suites</li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 5: Create an Integrated Service Model for Housing and Supports</strong></p><ul><li>707 households were successful in retaining their housing at six-month follow-up</li><li>2,637 households assisted with funding for housing retention for rent and utility arrears</li><li>168 households have received assistance with home repairs and accessibility modifications since 2014, including 59 households in 2015</li><li>119 households assisted with transitional housing</li></ul><p>As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for this region, the County of Simcoe is responsible for developing and implementing the <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. The <em>Strategy</em> was approved by County Council in 2014. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p style="text-align:center;"><strong></strong> </p>
Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail connects Barrie to Springwaterhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/hickling-trail-2017-06-28.aspx6/28/2017 5:27:54 PMGrand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail connects Barrie to Springwater<p><strong>Midhurst / June 28, 2017</strong> – The County of Simcoe welcomed local partners from the City of Barrie and the Township of Springwater and representatives from funding partners Hydro One Limited and Trans Canada Trail for the grand opening of the Hickling Recreational Trail today. </p><p>The Hickling Recreational Trail is the first multi-use trail that directly connects Barrie to Springwater and is one of four additional trail connections being constructed over the summer that will allow residents using non-motorized means of transportation to move between the two municipalities. These five sections of new trails will also complete an 11 kilometre gap in the Trans Canada Trail between Springwater and Barrie and help form part of the 165 km Simcoe County Loop Trail which will launch later this summer. The Hickling Recreational Trail is 1.5 km in length, has an average width of 3 metres and has been designed to be accessible, for non-motorized uses with a firm gravel surface with screenings.  </p><p>This Active Transportation Infrastructure project, which includes all five trail sections, cost a total of approximately $600,000. This includes $103,750 in combined funding from the Trans Canada Trail and Hydro One Limited ($90,000); up to $103,750 from the Government of Canada through the <a href="http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02195.html">Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program</a> (CIP 150); and $400,000 from the County of Simcoe. </p><p><strong>County's Commitment to Forestry and Recreation:<br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. The County continues to invest in strategic forestry acquisitions and within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Through its <em>Trails Connecting Communities Program</em>, the County makes $250,000 in annual funding available to local municipalities to construct and improve active transportation infrastructure, which often include, but not limited to, recreational trails. Since 2009, the County has provided more than $1.5 million to local municipalities towards the completion of 61 trail and active transportation projects. Furthermore, our County-owned forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational purposes. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p><strong>About The Great Trail by Trans </strong><strong>Canada Trail:<br></strong>Trans Canada Trail (TCT) has established a goal of connecting 24,000 kms of The Great Trail from coast to coast to coast in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150.  The Hickling Recreational Trail completes a long standing gap between the North Simcoe Rail Trail (in Springwater Township) and the TCT network within the City of Barrie. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p><strong>Quotes: </strong></p><p>"Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we are strengthening our communities across the country. These new sections of trails will bridge the gaps in our national trail and I'm pleased that the Barrie Springwater Active Transportation Corridor project will benefit residents in Simcoe and across Canada as we work to link Canadians from coast to coast to coast." – <em>The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario</em></p><p> </p><p>"Outdoor recreation is a huge part of the Simcoe County lifestyle and our residents' passion for the outdoors drives our commitment to growing our forestry program and connecting trails strategy. We thank the Government of Canada, Hydro One Limited and our municipal partners for supporting the completion of the trail which will provide trail users with access to the Simcoe County Loop and the Trans Canada Trail." – <em>County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p>"We congratulate the County on completing this important legacy project and are honoured to work with Trans Canada Trail to help connect over 15,000 communities across Canada through this tremendous initiative. Hydro One's donation to TCT for the Barrie to Springwater connection is in keeping with our decades-long legacy of contributing to the health and prosperity of all communities across Ontario." –   <em>Natalie Poole-Moffatt, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hydro One</em></p><p><em></em> </p><p><em><img alt="Logos.jpg" src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Logos.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></em></p>
County marks National Multiculturalism Dayhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/national-multiculturalism-day-2017-06-23.aspx6/23/2017 6:46:46 PMCounty marks National Multiculturalism Day<p>​<strong>Midhurst/June 23, 2017 –</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership invites residents and media to celebrate National Multiculturalism Day on June 27, 2017. This year's event incorporates a Canada 150 theme and features an educational exhibit highlighting Simcoe County's unique multicultural history.</p><p>The exhibit will be held in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre Atrium area from 12 to 4 p.m. on June 27. A video highlighting the successful #ITSTARTS Pledge campaign run by the County throughout the month of June will be included in the exhibit. To-date, the County has distributed more than 8,000 Pledge cards and received extraordinary response from residents and partners through social media. Visit <a href="http://www.immigration.simcoe.ca/itstarts">www.immigration.simcoe.ca/itstarts</a> to learn more. </p><p>"Simcoe County is truly becoming a popular destination for new Canadians, with more than 50,000 newcomers living in Simcoe County from a variety of ethnic backgrounds," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The success of the Pledge campaign and the support and participation we've received demonstrates just how welcoming and diverse our communities are becoming. Join us to celebrate National Multiculturalism Day."  </p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.   </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>National Multiculturalism Day Exhibit </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre (Atrium area)<br>1110 Highway 26, <br>Midhurst, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, June 27, 2017<br>12 to 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p>
Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail on June 28, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Hickling-Recreational-Trail-2017-06-19.aspx6/19/2017 1:19:33 PMGrand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail on June 28, 2017<p><strong>Midhurst / June 19, 2017</strong> – The County of Simcoe, in partnership with the City of Barrie, Township of Springwater and the Trans Canada Trail organization, invites media to attend the Grand Opening of the Hickling Recreational Trail. The ceremony will occur on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the trail entrance located at 1246 Snow Valley Road, Springwater. </p><p>The Hickling Recreational Trail is the first multi-use trail that directly connects Barrie to Springwater and is one of four additional trail connections being constructed over the summer that will allow residents using non-motorized means of transportation to move between the two municipalities. These five sections of new trails will also complete an 11 kilometre gap in the Trans Canada Trail between Springwater and Barrie and help form part of the 165 km Simcoe County Loop Trail which will launch later this summer. </p><p>In addition to financial support from the County of Simcoe, the project received funding from the Trans Canada Trail; the Government of Canada through the <a href="http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02195.html">Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program</a> (CIP 150); and Hydro One.</p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><p><strong>Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail</strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>1246 Snow Valley Road, Springwater Township<br>Entrance to Hickling Recreational Trail </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, June 28, 2017 <br>10 a.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Commitment to Forestry and Active Communities:</strong></p><p>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. The County continues to invest in strategic forestry acquisitions and within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Through its <em>Trails Connecting Communities Program</em>, the County makes $250,000 in annual funding available to local municipalities to construct and improve active transportation infrastructure, which often include, but not limited to, recreational trails. Since 2009, the County has provided more than $1.5 million to local municipalities towards the completion of 61 trail and active transportation projects. Furthermore, our County-owned forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational purposes. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br> </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span><p><br></p>
Summer Sundays at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Summer-Sundays-2017-06-15.aspx6/15/2017 2:19:07 PMSummer Sundays at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Minesing/June 15, 2017 </strong>– Spend your summer stay-cation at the Simcoe County Museum every Sunday afternoon in July and August. Your family will love this one of a kind experience, as you explore our history and take in food-inspired activities. </p><p>Summer Sundays run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Themes include:</p><ul><li><strong>July 2 - Happy Birthday Canada: </strong>Celebrate Canada's 150 Birthday with cake, games and more </li><li><strong>July 9 and 30 – Time for Tea: </strong>Make your own tea, and pair it with homemade scones fresh from the bread oven </li><li><strong>July 16 and August 6, 2017 – Jam Session: </strong>We will use berries of the season to make the sweetest homemade jam </li><li><strong>July 23 – Trades Day: </strong>Learn about some of those forgotten trades from the early 19<sup>th</sup> century </li><li><strong>August 13 – All About the Grains: </strong>What's better than homemade bread baked in the bread oven? How about homemade butter made with your own two hands </li><li><strong>August 20 – HCEA Building Simcoe County: </strong>The Museum grounds come alive with dozers, land movers, crushers and more </li><li><strong>August 27 – Butterfly Paradise:</strong> Help these threatened species by learning how to create a paradise of your own </li></ul><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $6; Student and Seniors $5; and Children $4. Pre-registration is not required. </p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:22%;"><strong>EVENT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Summer Sundays</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:22%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:22%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Sunday afternoons from July 2 to August 27<br>1 to 4:30 p.m. </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Meredith Patterson<br>Events, Programmer, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<br><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Donna Goodwin<br>Acting Education Director, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br>Donna.Goodwin<a href="mailto:Donna.Goodwin@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">@simcoe.ca</a>  </p>